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  • Children's Brains 'Light Up' at Sound of Mom's Voice

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Children's Brains 'Light Up' at Sound of Mom's Voice MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A mother's voice may do far more than soothe her child, new research suggests. When moms spoke, several areas of their children's brains were activated, the researchers reported. These included regions involved in emotion and reward processing, social functions, facial recognition and the detection of what is personally relevant. But this heightened neurological reaction was reserved for mom alone, and not for ...

  • Could Inducing Brief, Mild 'Fever' Help Ease Depression?

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Could Inducing Brief, Mild 'Fever' Help Ease Depression? MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Temporarily raising the body temperature of people who are depressed seems to ease symptoms for up to six weeks, a small new study finds. The treatment, known as whole-body hyperthermia, essentially gives patients a mild, transient fever, the researchers explained. Similar to some antidepressant drugs, the treatment is thought to work by activating a part of the brain that produces the chemical serotonin. T...

  • Could Spuds Be Bad for Blood Pressure?

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Could Spuds Be Bad for Blood Pressure? TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Potatoes are a popular staple of the American diet, but eating too many -- whether boiled, baked, mashed or fried -- may raise the risk for high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Consuming four or more servings of potatoes a week was linked with an increased risk for high blood pressure -- 11 percent for baked, boiled or mashed and 17 percent for fried -- compared with eating less than one serving a month. Surprisingly,...

  • Could a Low-Salt Diet Hurt Your Health?

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Could a Low-Salt Diet Hurt Your Health? FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A controversial new study contends that a low-salt diet could be dangerous for your heart health. Restricting dietary salt to below 3,000 milligrams a day appears to increase the risk for heart disease similar to that of high blood pressure patients who eat too much salt, said lead researcher Andrew Mente. "Having neither too high nor too low levels of sodium [salt] is optimal for health," said Mente, an associate professor...

  • Concussion Tied to More School Problems Than Other Sports Injuries

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Concussion Tied to More School Problems Than Other Sports Injuries FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Students who suffer a concussion may face more school difficulties than their peers with other sports-related injuries, a new study suggests. Researchers found that concussed high school and college students had more trouble performing at a normal academic level one week later compared to students who injured their arms or legs. "Concussed students typically return to school within a week after in...

  • Cases of Pregnant U.S. Women With Zika Triple Under New Counting Method

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Cases of Pregnant U.S. Women With Zika Triple Under New Counting Method FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with the Zika virus has just tripled because cases are now being counted in a more comprehensive way, federal health officials said Friday. So far, a total of 279 infected women are being followed in the United States and its territories, according to two registries that have been created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pr...

  • Could 'Star Trek'-Like 'Tricorder' for Health Be Near?

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Could 'Star Trek'-Like 'Tricorder' for Health Be Near? MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- "Beam us up, Scotty!" U.S. researchers say they've developed a small, wearable health monitor they're likening to the "Star Trek" tricorder. The flexible Chem-Phys patch can be worn on the chest and tracks biochemical and electrical signals in the human body. It then communicates all that wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or smartwatch, said a team of engineers from the University of California, San Diego. T...

  • COPD Discovery Might Improve Treatment

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    COPD Discovery Might Improve Treatment SUNDAY, May 15 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've found a new way to predict how chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will progress, a discovery they believe could improve COPD treatment. Their research might help doctors determine which patients are less likely to respond to standard treatment and are at higher risk for disease advancement, the study authors explained. COPD -- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease -- is a chronic lung disease that m...

  • Could Canine Research Offer Clues to Human Brain Cancer?

    Posted: 05/20/2016

    Could Canine Research Offer Clues to Human Brain Cancer? THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dogs may help scientists unleash the secrets to a malignant brain tumor in humans. Research across 25 dog breeds has uncovered three genes thought to increase the risk of glioma brain tumors. The findings may offer clues about how these common and often untreatable tumors form in people, according to the study authors. Gliomas are the most common type of primary malignant brain tumors in people and the se...

  • Chronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: Survey

    Posted: 05/19/2016

    Chronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: Survey THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic pain may be a major driver behind the recent surge in addiction to prescription painkillers, a new survey finds. Opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse in the United States are among the country's biggest public health threats, the researchers said. And, more than eight in 10 people abusing prescription drugs said they were doing so to treat pain. "While the association between ch...